From creating new ingredients to discovering innovative ways in which older ingredients can be used, the skin care industry is constantly experiencing breakthroughs. For those who like to stay up-to-date on all things skin, here are some of the latest skin care ingredients that you need to know about.
Simply put, kinetin is a hormone found in plants, with its main role being to promote cell division, by encouraging cellular growth and differentiation. In addition to this, it also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the plant from damage.
The way in which kinetin works in plants has long since been known, but the fact that it can have a similar effect on the skin is newer knowledge.
When applied to the skin, kinetin can speed up the growth of cells, renewing the complexion, while also minimizing visible signs of aging. Research has also found that kinetin can:
- Reduce wrinkles
- Improve skin texture
- Reduce hyperpigmentation
Many would say that kinetin is a fantastic plant-based alternative to retinol, because its anti-aging effects are almost as potent.
Officially known as matrikines, micro-proteins are key when it comes to healing and renewing damaged skin.
Studies have shown that micro-proteins are able to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, all three of which are so important when it comes to healthy skin. They also decline with age, meaning that micro-proteins are now being used in a number of different anti-aging products.
Probiotics are something that you have likely heard about quite a bit recently, but this is usually more in relation to the gut and the diet.
However, did you know that there are topical probiotics too?
Research into this area is still extremely new, but current studies are already showing that topical applications of probiotics can decrease skin sensitivity and redness, as well as minimize fine lines.
This makes topical probiotics the ideal ingredient to look into if you have sensitive or dry skin, acne, eczema, psoriasis, or aging concerns. Those with acne in particular will really notice a quick difference, as the good bacteria within probiotics will be able to directly fight the acne-causing bacteria on your skin.
Australia is home to so many incredible native botanicals, and many of these indigenous plants have been used for a variety of medicinal and healing purposes for thousands of years.
As always, it takes science a while to catch up, but now that the skin-boosting powers of many Australian botanicals are being discovered, the industry is turning its attention to the Land Down Under.
These are just a few of the native Australian botanicals that your skin will love:
- Kakadu Plum – a fantastic source of antioxidants, including high levels of vitamin C that will hydrate and brighten your skin
- Lilly Pilly – high levels of vitamin C and fruit acids, as well as astringent properties. Lilly Pilly is also effective in promoting the production of collagen and elastin
- Wild Rosella – a flower from northern Australia, wild rosella is packed with antioxidants, as well as a protein that helps to revitalize the skin
- Quandong – also known as the native peach, this is the most famous fruit in the Outback, and is packed with vitamins and minerals
- Lemon Myrtle – contains the purest form of citral, which helps to regulate the skin’s oil production while promoting a healthy circulation
- Macadamia Oil – easily absorbed by the skin, macadamia oil contains palmitoleic acid, which softens the skin and slows down the aging process. Also a great source of vitamin A, vitamin E, protein, calcium and potassium
- Rosalina – contains methyl hydroxyproline, which prevents dehydration by helping the skin to retain moisture. Rosalina also has anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious properties, thanks to its linalool content
As you can see, Australian botanicals are definitely something worth knowing about, and you will likely start seeing more and more of them in skin care products, no matter where in the world you live.
The most expensive spice in the world, saffron is normally associated with DIY skin care products, but this ingredient is making an appearance in more and more commercial products.
Because it is a fantastic multi-tasker, high in B vitamins and many beneficial vitamins, including folic acid.
Research has shown that saffron is able to do everything from lightening and brightening the skin to moisturizing and minimizing wrinkles, making this an ingredient that could benefit just about everyone.
Of course, being such an expensive spice, do not expect skin care products containing saffron to come at a low price, especially if you are looking for higher levels of saffron within the formula.
Food-Grade Plant Oils
You may be enticed by skin care products that claim to be formulated with a wide range of natural oils, but the oils that are often used are extremely low quality, and are often the highly processed leftovers from the food industry.
However, this is now all changing…
Food-grade plant oils are now becoming much more commonplace in skin care, with the focus being on cold-pressed and organic, to ensure that all of the plant’s nutrients are preserved.
Here are a few food-grade plant oils that can really benefit your skin:
- Avocado oil
- Flaxseed oil
Turmeric is nothing new…
In fact, it has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for thousands of years.
However, not only does turmeric have so many health benefits when consumed internally, but the skin in particular can really make use of turmeric’s extraordinary powers when this root is used topically.
Wondering what these powers are?
Most importantly, turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with so many different skin issues. Since inflammation is also directly related to skin aging, turmeric makes for a fantastic anti-aging ingredient too.
Turmeric is also packed with antioxidants, and is a strong antiseptic, making it effective in treating everything from acne to sun damage.
Again, colostrum is not a new ingredient at all. It is actually the pre-milk that mammals, including humans, produce after giving birth, and contains the vital nutrients that a newborn baby needs.
Wondering how this relates to your skin?
The powerful immune-boosting compounds that are found within colostrum can boost the skin in so many ways, helping to firm it up, smooth out wrinkles, and bring back a youthful radiance. In the same way that colostrum brings immunity and strength to a newborn baby, it does this to your skin as well.
Of course, nobody wants to apply human colostrum to their skin…
This is why the colostrum used in cosmetic products comes from cows. However, this is quite a controversial topic, because the newborn calves themselves also need that colostrum.
For this reason, make sure that any colostrum you use has come from a farm that allows baby calves to have their fill first, while also being from a cow who is free-range, hormone-free and steroid-free.
Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that is said to have a wide variety of medicinal uses. Since it is non-psychoactive, it does not cause the high that is usually associated with marijuana.
So, what does it do for your skin?
There are so many studies out there that point to the way in which CBD can treat everything from acne to eczema, as it has some really powerful soothing properties.
Many established brands are now incorporating CBD into their skin care lines, so even though the skin benefits of this ingredient are only beginning to emerge, you will no doubt soon see it in so many more skin care products.
The term superfood has been a buzzword for a few years now, and relates to certain foods that are especially high in nutrients.
While you may only associate superfoods with your diet and body, the same foods that are being touted as superfoods are also increasingly making their way into skin care products.
Here are a few superfood ingredients that you are likely to see in skin care:
- Chia seeds
- Acai berry
- Kale and spinach
You are probably wondering…
Are these ingredients actually worth the hype?
This all depends on how much of them is being used, as well as whether or not your skin actually needs them. Make sure that the active ingredients you need are at the top of a product’s ingredient list, so that you know the superfoods within them are at a high enough concentration.
Willow bark is often referred to as nature’s aspirin, and has been used medicinally for centuries.
While this may not be a new ingredient, it is definitely being used in a new, and very exciting, way.
For those of you who hate purchasing products that have been formulated with harsh preservatives, listen up…
Willow bark is a natural, toxic-free preservative, which is why many skin care companies are now choosing to include this ingredient in their formulas.
Instead of using harmful parabens, willow bark does the job, without any of the damaging side effects. This is a trend that began a few years ago, as many brands started to replace the parabens in their products with less damaging ingredients, such as phenoxyethanol.
However, a natural preservative is definitely the way forward, so you can expect to see plenty more ongoing research in this area.
Marula oil comes from the fruit of the marula tree, which is a tree native to Africa.
This is an oil that has been used for skin care purposes in Africa for so many years, but it is still a relatively new ingredient to the Western world.
Wondering what its benefits are?
Here are just a few:
- Highly moisturizing
- Does not clog pores
- Rich in essential fatty acids that naturally mimic your skin’s protective outer layer
- High in antioxidants and flavonoids
- Rich in vitamins C and E
- Considerably non-greasy compared to other plant oils, and is quickly absorbed into the skin
You will likely find marula oil in everything from facial oils to serums, so do give this ingredient a try if your skin could do with some extra nourishment.
Kigelia is another ingredient native to Africa, this time from the Kigelia Africana tree.
This ingredient has long since been used in Africa to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, ranging from acne and eczema to more serious diseases.
Although there has not been much research carried out into the Kigelia tree, a study recently showed that the stem bark contained strong antibacterial properties. This led scientists to look into other parts of the plant, while studying exactly how effective these properties were when it actually came to destroying the bacteria found on and in skin.
As you may have guessed, results so far have been extremely promising…
This is why you will now see Kigelia being used more and more in cleansing products, as well as those that are designed to tackle acne and other bacterial problems.
Here are a few of the other skin benefits that Kigelia is known to bring:
- Prevents the spread of human melanoma cells, and also fights against two strains of breast cancer
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkle depth, giving skin a smoother appearance
- Promotes skin elasticity
- Reduces blemishes
- Boosts circulation and promotes a rosy glow
It is always useful to take a look at the latest ingredients that are making headlines in the skin care industry. From Australian botanicals to colostrum, each of these ingredients could really give your skin a huge boost. Even if you cannot find products containing them at the moment, keep an eye out for them in the near future, as it is not going to be long before each of these skin care ingredients really catches on.